(浅草) One of the most popular sightseeing areas in Tokyo, which embraces Tokyo's leading historical temple "Senso-ji" and a new Tokyo's landmark 'Skytree'. If you want to enjoy the historical atmosphere casually in Tokyo, visiting Senso-ji and traditional shopping street "Nakamise Street" in Asakusa should be the first choice. Asakusa is now a famous tourist spot and there are many restaurants and stores where you can buy Japanese stuff. Also, many good restaurants are offering delicious Japans cuisines such as soba, tempura, udon, oyako-don, and others.
浅草寺 Dating from 628, Senso-ji Temple is the oldest and the representative temple in Tokyo. Proud of splendid architectures constructed postwar, because original ones are gone during the war. The huge Japanese lantern and gate, called Kaminari-mon are the famous place to take a memorial photo in Asakusa. Once you go through Kaminari-mon, you will enter a traditional and lively shopping street, Nakamise street, which stretches to the main temple building and is full of total 89 Japanese snacks/sweets stores. 30 million visitors visit this temple per year, you will be surprised at the crowds in Nakamise street on holidays and weekends.
仲見世通り Between Kaminari-mon gate and Senso-ji Temple, there is a traditional and hustle shopping street incorporating a total of 89 stores stand on both sides of the street. You can see and buy souvenirs, Japanese sweets, snacks, and foods. If you purchase food, then you’re supposed to eat it in the right front of the store.
浅草神社 Located at the right side of Senso-ji temple, this ancient shrine dating from 628 is proud of historical buildings built in 1649 which could avoid the war fire fortunately, that’s quite rare in Tokyo. One of Tokyo’s three greatest festivals, San-ja (three shrines) festival takes place here.
浅草花やしき Located close to Senso-ji temple, the oldest amusement park in Japan, founded in 1853 during Edo period, is popular for its nostalgic and somehow ‘cheap’ atmosphere and attractions – a good place to visit for family and group.
東京スカイツリー The world’s highest tower with 634m in height and 2nd highest architecture following the Burj Khalifa in Dubai offers a panoramic view of entire Tokyo even with distant mountains such as Mt. Fuji in sunny days, from observatory floors where restaurant and cafe are available as well. On the foot of the tower, there is a huge shopping mall named Solamachi, and those are called Skytree Town.
Asakusa Hoppy Load
浅草ホッピー通り This gourmet street has around 20 izakayas (Japanese pub) which serve cheap dishes and drinks where you can enjoy local life and cuisines, drinking even in the day time on the weekend. The common way to enjoy this street is not to stay one pub but to take one dish and one drink per pub, and visit the next pub one by one, the custom called Hashigo-zake.
(銀座) Ginza is the No.1 upscale shopping area in Tokyo, where many luxury stores and restaurants are located. Surrounding Ginza, there are Tsukiji, which used to have the largest fish market in the world and still has many seafood restaurants, and Yurakucho, the shopping district with urban oasis, Hibiya park. The scenery of skyscrapers of commercial complexes in the main street is the face of Ginza and outstanding.
Tsukiji Fish Market (Outer)
築地場外市場 The largest fish market used to be here but moved to Toyosu in 2018, and still, the outer market remains as it was. It’s a shopping street full of stores and restaurants which were initially for people associated with the fish market, and anybody can visit now. In the outer market, there are a lot of seafood restaurants which offer fresh and delicious sushi and kaisendon.
Tsukiji Honganji Temple
築地本願寺 Founded as a branch temple of Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple in Kyoto, Tokyo’s representative temple is proud of the unique architecture in the ancient Indian style, constructed in 1934. Initially, it was built in Asakusa in 1617 and moved to the current location due to Edo Shogunate’s land policy. Then this area was the sea, so the entire area was landfilled, that is told to be the foundation of Tsukiji area. Also, Tsukiji is named after this, meaning “making a land”.
浜離宮 The traditional Japanese garden opened around 400 years before is an urban oasis where you can spend a relaxing moment and enjoy Japanese traditional sweets sold within the garden, surrounded by beautiful flowers which diverse seasonally. It’s the best evacuation place from the bustling and hustling nearby area even temporarily. English guide (free) is available on Sat 11:00 am, and on Mon 10:30 am.
銀座通り There are many upscale imported brand stores, department stores, shopping complexes and so on, on both sides of the main streets of Ginza. Many sophisticated restaurants, bars, and cafes are available. On weekends, closed to the traffic.
日比谷公園 The onJapan’s first western-style park is an oasis situated in the middle of a busy urban area. Many events take place frequently and it’s good to walk for strolling in rich nature.
Suidobashi and Kagurazaka
(水道橋&神楽坂) Suidobashi area is the entertainment area consisting of Tokyo Dome City where you can enjoy amusement parks, indoor spa, shopping, gourmet and so on, that is enjoyable for families and groups. Kagurazaka is the sophisticated town on the slope, which is getting popular among foreign travelers for its atmospheric narrow backstreets surrounded by old houses. You can try tasty meals/desserts at fashionable café/restaurants. Those two areas are located adjacently, one-stop distance via a train.
Tokyo Dome City
東京ドームシティ The urban resort amusement park has many many commercial facilities centering on baseball stadium: entertainment park (Tokyo Dome City Attractions), restaurants, commercial complex (LaQua), hotel, and spa facility. A good place to spend an enjoyable holiday with your family.
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
小石川後楽園 The traditional Japanese garden constructed in the early Edo period within the house premise of Tokugawa clan is proud of the beautiful scenery of various plants and flowers, surrounding ponds and river in the garden. Unlike the location of the center of Tokyo, this historic scenic spot will bring you blissful timeless moment.
神楽坂通り The main street of Kagurazaka has many old and new stores and restaurants on both sides of roads, where you can enjoy strolling. There are many backstreets, called Yokocho, which have stone pavements and are atmospheric.
兵庫横丁 Once you enter the very narrow street from Kagurazaka street, you will enter this backstreet, Hyogo-Yokocho. On the stone pavement, there are quaint Japanese restaurant and ordinary residences on both sides of the street. Hyogo means the warehouse of arms dealers, and this street was named because arms dealers lived here.
かくれんぼ横丁 Kakurenbo means hide-and-seek because this street is a bit complicated like a maze. With the black wooden wall of houses, this street created photogenic scenery.